Monday, 8 August 2011

Viktoriya Fiodorovna Azarenka, also known as Victoria Azarenka Belarusian: Вікторыя Азаранка, Russian: Виктория Фёдоровна Азаренко; born 31 July 1989 is a Belarusian professional tennis player. Her career high and current ranking is World No. 4, which she first achieved on 9 May 2011. She became the highest-ranked Belarusian player ever, surpassing Natasha Zvereva by one spot.

Azarenka has won two mixed doubles Grand Slam titles – 2007 US Open with Max Mirnyi and 2008 French Open with Bob Bryan. She has won seven singles titles, including the Premier Mandatory Sony Ericsson Open in 2009 and 2011 and has made one Grand Slam semifinal appearance at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships and another five quarterfinal appearances overall.


* 1 Personal

* 2 Tennis career

o 2.1 2005

o 2.2 2006

o 2.3 2007

o 2.4 2008

o 2.5 2009

o 2.6 2010

o 2.7 2011

o 2.8 Criticism

* 3 Career statistics

* 4 References

* 5 External links


Her move to Scottsdale from Minsk, Belarus was aided by National Hockey League goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and his wife, who is a friend of Azarenka's mother.

Tennis career


In 2005, Azarenka won the Australian Open and US Open as a junior and was named the ITF Junior Girls World Champion for that year, the first player from Belarus to do that. She also won her first ITF title in Pétange, Luxembourg in the same year. In Guangzhou, China, she reached her first pro-level semi-final, winning three qualifying rounds and defeating Martina Suchá and Shuai Peng in the main draw before losing to eventual champion Yan Zi.


In 2006, at the event in Memphis, Azarenka defeated her first top-20 player, Nicole Vaidišová, and two months later defeated her second top-30 player in Jelena Janković at Miami. On clay, Azarenka pushed 2004 French Open champion Anastasia Myskina to 7–6 in the third in Rome, and took clay-court specialist Anabel Medina Garrigues to 9–7 in the third set in the first round at Roland Garros. At the 2006 US Open, she had her first win over Myskina in the first round and lost to Anna Chakvetadze in the third round, her best result in a grand slam event to that date. In her next tournament, Azarenka reached her second pro-level semi-final in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, losing to Tiantian Sun. She finished the year reaching the final of an ITF event in Pittsburgh, losing to Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak.

Victoria Azarenka

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